i can fly
I bet NCL has a full-time staffer putting those in rolls.
Let me start off by saying that I had a great cruise. We did a 7 Day Bermuda sailing from New York City with 43 family members on our biennial family reunion. My family is amazing and we could sail a shipping barge and have a blast.
If I were a first-time cruiser, I'd probably rate the trip as 4 or 5 stars. But, I've been on over a dozen sailings and have a baseline for comparison. Our past five family cruises were all on Royal Caribbean.
Most of the family lives in New England, so we figured Boston or NYC would be the most convenient ports. We've done the Caribbean a bunch and decided on Bermuda. With the combo, our options were limited. The Breakaway is a fairly new, larger ship so it was an easy choice.
We all got balcony cabins and paid roughly $1,700 each.
The consensus among the family was: Royal Caribbean > NCL
I'll get into detail in the specific sections below, but as a summary, here's our reasoning.
- not a fan of the "freestyle dining"
- we felt constantly "nickle-and-dimed"
- it feels like half of the ship is specialty dining restaurants
- felt too crowded
- staff wasn't as personable or friendly
- leaving and returning to NYC was pretty terrible
Also - when you get home, prepare to have your email inbox flooded with more than an email a day from NCL.
I found a great deal on cruiseline.com for less than $50 per night so I booked this the week before it sailed.
At that price, I more than got my money's worth - the food was good, entertainment was entertaining, and the amenities were as expected, if not slightly better.
The ship is obviously one of Carnival's oldest, but it's been kept in good condition and was clean and big enough for a quick sailing. I'd sail it again in the future.
We did this quick 5 night getaway out of Tampa in 2011. The ship is a little older and smaller than the new vessels, but has some nice character.
The staff was great and there was plenty to do around the ship. We'd definitely do the Radiance again.
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shared a quick tip for Norwegian Breakaway"On one night while "at sea," the cast of Burn the Floor put on a show in one of the Main Dining Rooms. If you can get a table by the dancefloor on this night at this time, you'll get the best show of the week. "
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